He said a while back that he could turn back the clock if he just had his Spiderman Costume on. My hubby explained that Superman was the only superhero who had the ability to move so fast he could virtually turn back time. Not quite the truth but definitely a stretch of the imagination.
As juvenile as that conversation seems, it got me thinking about the path my life has taken...and whether I'd ever wish to rewind & do anything differently. Even though it's been a path of constant reinvention the answer is no. Time has brought so much change, more than I could have ever imagined - all of which has helped shape me into the 40-something warrior & working mom that I am.
“I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life's experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life's experiences would be a great mistake.” -Luis Miguel
This path has been a long one and even in the past year when I thought I knew where the path would take me I get a call that completely turns things around & points me in yet a new direction.
“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.” - Richard Bach
Doesn't seem that long ago when I was doing my internship fresh out of college. It was with AT&T & even then people started working for a company & pretty much stayed there, moving up through the ranks for 20, 30 even 40+ years. No one does that anymore.
"You go for it, you want more, you believe in yourselves and in the fight...you know that good enough simply isn't good enough" - Bethanny Frankel
My chosen field of marketing has evolved exponentially since the late 80's and some companies & industries have had an easier time adapting to the changes than others. Some leaders get caught up in fear of commitment. They aren't sure exactly what to do, so they do nothing at all & by the time they decide to get in the game it's too late, they can't possibly catch up. Nothing has brought that out in the open more than the social web and mobile commerce which are rapidly shaping & changing the customer experience.
The pace of business & the technology that supports it moves so quickly now, you either learn to move along with it, or you'll get trampled & no one will look back to help you up, much less stop to acknowledge that they ran you over.
A day doesn't go by on twitter that someone either is professing to be an "expert" at something, or that they will "teach you how to be an expert" like them. It's never too late to find your niche in your current career or start over & embark on a brand new one. But of course, there is no shortcut to success and there is no fast track to building your reputation. It's all about what you do - not so much what you preach that you can do.
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” - Conrad Hilton
People I admire, watch & try to emulate are those that move at their own pace & with a clear vision of what could be done given the right resources, time, attention & focus. They don't just wait, they are leaders who craft their dreams into business plans, and eventually make them a reality ~ without reservations.
Regardless of whether you are where you want to be at any given point in life, you can't stop time. There's no reward for regrets. There's no reason for fear to stop you from forging ahead one hurdle at a time. To be held hostage by fear is a waste of valuable time. Tomorrow is squarely in your hands and your success will hinge on your credibility, attitude & how well you prepare yourself for the journey ahead.